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Immigration News Today: White House Considers Welcoming Some Palestinians as Refugees

Just have a minute? Here are the top stories you need to know about immigration. This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here.

Around the U.S. 

Lottery bids for skilled-worker visas plunge after changes aimed at fraud and abuse:

Lottery bids for H-1B visas dropped by nearly 40% as authorities cracked down on people submitting multiple applications, aiming for fairer selection. — Associated Press 

Texas activists call for immigration reform, decry Operation Lone Star:

Activists in at least four Texas cities are calling for the legalization of some 1.5 million undocumented workers in the state, saying they’re crucial to the state’s economy. — Border Report

The new immigration reality? The U.S. needs workers:

Plummeting fertility rates signal a slowdown in U.S. population growth, meaning steady immigration is needed to maintain economic balance. — Axios

New York

NYC Dominicans targeted in real estate scams back home:

After a pandemic-era rise in Dominicans in the U.S. buying properties back home, fear of getting scammed has them thinking twice. A Dominican bank is trying to win back trust. — Documented

(Opinion) New immigrants and asylum seekers can help revitalize struggling NY cities:

Enabling interstate transfers of asylum-seekers would benefit both small cities in need of population and economic boost, and large cities overwhelmed by the new arrivals. — City Limits

Washington D.C.

White House considers welcoming some Palestinians as refugees:

Federal officials are discussing options to resettle Palestinians from Gaza who have immediate family members holding American citizenship or permanent residency. — CBS News

Advocates seek work permits for long-term undocumented immigrants in U.S.:

Dozens of migrant advocacy groups called on the federal government to let an estimated 11 million longtime undocumented immigrants apply for work permits. — VOA News

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